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Ericsson Innovation Awards

Open to university students of all ages based anywhere on earth, the Ericsson Innovation Awards recognize revolutionary concepts that utilize technology to solve global challenges. And now, we’re excited to announce the fourteen semi-finalists, who will be mentored by a dedicated Ericsson team to expand their big ideas. They’re in with a chance to progress through to the final and win the €25,000 cash prize, as well as being named the Ericsson Innovation Awards champion.


First-place prize 25,000 EUR
Second-place prize 15,000 EUR
Third-place prize 5,000 EUR
Regional winners 1,000 EUR

Note: All prizes are before tax.

Grand finale

Watch the award ceremony when we toasted our finalists and announced the winner of our 2022 Ericsson Innovation Awards! For months, teams have been used their skills and innovative thinking to pave the way to a better future.

In our Grand Finale you can hear more from these innovating finalists, Ericsson executive leadership and special guests. Watch the award ceremony from December 14th and celebrate the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2022 champion.

Watch the grand finale from December 14th

Tune in to celebrate this future-changing program and see which team wins the €25,000 cash prize and is named the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2022 champion. Tune in on LinkedIn or ON24.


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EIA 2022 Winners

Team Benoit

Benoit, University of Indonesia, Indonesia

PARASOL is a flexible and accessible perovskite-based solar PV that uses plastic waste.

EIA 2022 Runners-up

Schrodinger Energy

Schrodinger Energy, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

REINLIGHT is a portable water disinfection system which reduces numerous health risks and is operable in areas that lack electricity.

Saptkrishi Scientific

Saptkrishi Scientific, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India

Saptkrishi Scientifics storage 'Preservator' is cost-effective and portable, helping to tackle food waste and inequality.

Meet the judges

Niels König

"I am passionate about 5G. As a judge, I'm excited to see innovative teams that share the same passion"

Niels König
Head of Department Production Metrology at Fraunhofer IPT Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe

Julie Devonshire

“It’s always a real honour to hear ideas from the next generation and I am really looking forward to judging and supporting, solving future problems.”

Julie Devonshire OBE
Director, Entrepreneurship Institute, King's College London

Ann Molin

"There is no other future than a sustainable future. The urgency of sustainable innovation has never been greater, and the contribution of youth to bring about real solutions to sustainable innovation cannot be overestimated."

Ann Molin
Founder & Secretary General, Hack for Earth Foundation

Rosie Kropp

“Innovation has always been an important part of Ericsson’s heritage and culture. EIA is a fantastic platform to nurture the ideas of young talent globally. Seeing the impact these ideas can have on the community is really inspiring.”

Rosie Kropp
VP Head of Global Brand Marketing, Ericsson

Marina Madale

“Innovation has the power to transform lives. I’m pleased to be part of the Ericsson Innovation Awards empowering youth to leverage the power of technology to solve the world greatest challenges.”

Marina Madale
General Manager: Sustainability and Shared Value, MTN

Maha Alnuhait

“Science and technology have great capacity to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. It is my pleasure to join the judges panel on the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2022”

Maha Alnuhait
Sustainability General Manager, Saudi Telecom Co. (STC)

Our semi-finalists

woman vr headset

Telebee, De La Salle University, Philippines

Telebee brings the virtual workplace to users through the integration of the Internet of Things and Mixed Reality.

Woman running

Sustainability Tracker, Uppsala University, Sweden

Focusing on individual sustainable lifestyles with the possibility of changing behaviors in the future.


Tarq, Purdue University, USA

An AI automated medical booth that works in tandem with doctors, from diagnosis to prescription.


Mexcelium, ITESM, Mexico

An innovation in the packing industry, replacing polystyrene with a bio-degradable alternative.

Poli Bot

Poli Bot, Pusan National university, Republic of Korea

Poli Bot is a security robot that accompanies women to a specified destination.


GREETH, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria

An open-source platform that enables people to quantify their carbon footprint and offset it by planting trees.


CWASA, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Utilizing solar energy and novel evaporation techniques, CWASA has created a tank-based water purification system to help people access clean drinking water.

Team Impact

Team Impact, University of Houston, USA

Team Impact takes an automated approach to farming, that helps prevent water waste through irrigation systems and smart monitoring.

The Smartbuoys

The Smartbuoys, Bahcesehir University, Turkey

The Smartbuoy system monitors and diagnoses  “sea snot”, a substance that causes ecological and economic problems, to protect underwater life from natural disasters.

MeSADA Company Limited

MeSADA Company Limited, Ashesi University, Ghana

MeSADA’s precision planter introduces new forms of automation, driving economic growth by controlling seeding density and spacing.

Schrodinger's Cats

Schrodinger's Cats, IBA, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Shotej is a solar-powered, microclimate storage system which sterilizes food without using harmful chemicals.

Discover more about the Ericsson Innovation Awards

How the competition works

Learn more about prizes, timelines, regional competitions and how to submit your idea

Past competitions

Find out what’s inspired our student innovators since 2015

2022 Calendar

The competition key dates at-a-glance


Please note: Registration is now closed

16th June 13.00 CEST Early submissions
10th Aug 13.00 CEST Registration close
6th Sept 13.00 CEST Semi-finalists announced
30th Oct 13.00 CEST Semi-finalists submission
15th Nov 13.00 CEST Finalists announced
6th Dec 13.00 CEST Finalists submissions
14th Dec Grand finale

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